Life Cycle UK is a registered charity that has been transforming lives through cycling since 1999. The Foundation awarded Life Cycle UK £7,500 towards the Bike Back Bristol project Bike Back Bristol is an innovative bicycle refurbishment project run by Life Cycle UK, in partnership with HMP Bristol. Life Cycle takes donations of unwanted bicycles from the public and teaches prisoners at HMP Bristol the mechanic skills to strip down, repair and rebuild them. Once fixed, bikes are sold on at affordable prices to help people on lower incomes to get a bike, start cycling and reduce their transport costs.
The Foundation’s Vice-Chair John Haworth and Chief Executive Louise Hanson visited members of the Bowel Cancer Research Group at Bristol University, to mark 20 years of research funding. The association with the Foundation started back in 1998 with the Bristol Beating Bowel Cancer Campaign, which raised money to re-model and refurbish laboratory space on G-floor of the Biomedical Sciences Building, Bristol. Since then the Foundation has supported the work of many postgraduate students of Bristol’s Bowel Cancer Research group led by Profs Ann Williams and Chris Paraskeva.
Citizens Advice Bristol opened its doors for the first time on 19th April 1977. 40 years on they still offer free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone living, working or visiting Bristol. Last year they managed 36,000 different issues for their clients. The Foundation awarded £25,000 towards the costs of recruiting and training volunteers to meet the changing needs of the population of Bristol.
Bedminster Down School Head Teacher Gary Schlick and John James Bristol Foundation’s Chairman Joan Johnson with the third John James commemorative board. Bedminster Down School have a long history with the Foundation, they receive the annual Prize and Awards grant given to Secondary Schools in the City of Bristol. Following a grant in 2008 of £15,000 they named the library the ‘John James Library’, and one of their four House groups is named after him.
Soil Association is a membership charity working to make good food the easy choice for everyone, whoever and wherever they are. Food for Life brings schools, nurseries, care homes and communities together around healthy, tasty and sustainable food. The Foundation awarded Soil Association £2,000 towards the Bristol Food for Life School Awards project. The Food for Life School Award supports schools to take a whole school approach that sees them grow their own food; organise trips to farms; serve freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and provide an attractive dining environment so lunch times are a positive, exciting part of the day.
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